Plantation Boy

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Tosh is the voice of the rebel that authority seeks to silence; he is the proverbial "protruding nail" that Japanese tradition seeks to flatten. His fight is against not only his family's poverty and the environment that keeps them oppressed, but also his own plantation-boy mentality, "I'm a plantation boy, not a city slicker. I not scared of work," he brags at his first job away from the camp, all the while promising himself he will never die on the plantation like "the other ...
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Tosh is the voice of the rebel that authority seeks to silence; he is the proverbial "protruding nail" that Japanese tradition seeks to flatten. His fight is against not only his family's poverty and the environment that keeps them oppressed, but also his own plantation-boy mentality, "I'm a plantation boy, not a city slicker. I not scared of work," he brags at his first job away from the camp, all the while promising himself he will never die on the plantation like "the other dumb dodos."

But Tosh quickly discovers there is no escape - despite the ever- increasing distances he puts between himself and his family. His struggles are set against the cataclysmic events of World War II - the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the internment of Japanese Americans, the heroism of the 100th and 442nd in Europe, the atrocities committed by the Japanese army in Asia - and the social and political upheavals in Hawaii - the unionization of the plantations, the rise of nisei political power and the Democratic Party, statehood.

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Hanya Yanagihara
...[C]harts the changing opportunities and circumstances — both social and familial — of Japanese Americans in Hawaii....a fascinating chronicle of both Honolulu social history and of one Japanese American man's trajectory through Hawaii's crucial years...
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This new novel by Murayama, the author of two other excellent novels about Japanese Americans, All I Asking for Is My Body; and Five Years on a Rock, tells the story of Toshio/Stephen, a Nisei, or second-generation Japanese American. The novel begins in 1941, shortly before Pearl Harbor, and ends rather abruptly in 1964. Young, ambitious, and very angry, Toshio is frustrated by a system that has made his parents "indentured slaves" and outraged at the filial tradition that has made him responsible for his parents' debts. Rejected because of a busted eardrum, he watches with mixed emotions as many of his friends go off to war. Quietly, he describes the juxtaposition of parents forced into concentration camps while their sons are dying in action. Despite the pervasive discrimination and prejudice against the Nisei of his generation, he survives. He marries, has a family, buys a home, works hard, goes to night school, and finally achieves his goal of becoming a certified architect -- a great accomplishment for a high school dropout. The story ends here, but there should have been more. -- Janis Williams, Shaker Heights Public Library, Ohio
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This new novel by Murayama, the author of two other excellent novels about Japanese Americans, All I Asking for Is My Body; and Five Years on a Rock, tells the story of Toshio/Stephen, a Nisei, or second-generation Japanese American. The novel begins in 1941, shortly before Pearl Harbor, and ends rather abruptly in 1964. Young, ambitious, and very angry, Toshio is frustrated by a system that has made his parents "indentured slaves" and outraged at the filial tradition that has made him responsible for his parents' debts. Rejected because of a busted eardrum, he watches with mixed emotions as many of his friends go off to war. Quietly, he describes the juxtaposition of parents forced into concentration camps while their sons are dying in action. Despite the pervasive discrimination and prejudice against the Nisei of his generation, he survives. He marries, has a family, buys a home, works hard, goes to night school, and finally achieves his goal of becoming a certified architect -- a great accomplishment for a high school dropout. The story ends here, but there should have been more. -- Janis Williams, Shaker Heights Public Library, Ohio
Hanya Yanagihara
...[C]harts the changing opportunities and circumstances -- both social and familial -- of Japanese Americans in Hawaii....a fascinating chronicle of both Honolulu social history and of one Japanese American man's trajectory through Hawaii's crucial years... -- A. Magazine
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824819651
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.23 (h) x 0.74 (d)

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